Friday, May 11, 2012

FREEDOM & RIGHTS

"...I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, ...but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You shall not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So CHOOSE LIFE in order that you may live, you and your descendants, BY LOVING THE LORD YOUR GOD, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land..." (Dt 30:15-20) - emphasis added

People demand the RIGHT to do what they want. People want civil government to legally declare their preferred lifestyle acceptable. People possess the FREEDOM to pursue a wide range of activities. Some activities produce life, blessing and prosperity and some produce death, cursing and adversity. Declaring something a right or making it legal does not alter what it produces. There are many other qualities to a healthy society such as wisdom, responsibility, righteousness, loyalty, etc. One can use freedom productively or destructively. Once a people sever themselves from love of God, they will become increasingly foolish and destructive, "happily" producing their own demise.

The bottom line becomes, do you believe in, love and trust God. Everything flows from this foundational, central question. "If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth..." (1 Jn 1:6)

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